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2008 Alerts and Updates

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December 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (12/16/08) • URGENT: Sign-on Letter for Including Nutrition Investments in Economic Stimulus Package • 2009 California Working Families Policy Summit - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 • CA Republican Lawmakers Propose Deep Cuts to Social Services, Education, and More • Funding Opportunity for Safety Net Services



November 2008


Food for Thought this Thanksgiving (11/24/08)


October 2008


2008 Legislation Wrap-Up (10/1/08) • Signed!  AB 433: A new future for Food Stamps! • Signed!  AB 2300: Medi-Cal means more meals for California kids! • Signed!  AB 2726: Funding for the Healthy Purchase Pilot • Vetoed!  AB 2704: Removing Barriers to Water in Schools • Vetoed!  AB 2844: Cutting Red Tape in Food Stamps • Vetoed!  AB 1996: Restoring Food Stamps Benefits to Drug Felons • Signed!  SB 1420: Menu Labeling


September 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (9/26/08) • Congress Moving on a Second Economic Stimulus Package: Calls Needed! • Governor’s Budget Blue Pencils Hurt Nutrition! • State Legislative Update • School Nutrition in the News


Nutrition Action Alert (9/12/08) • Take Action on the Anniversary of the Gov's Obesity Summit! • State Budget Update • Policy Highlight on the Impact of Commodities on Nutrition in School Meals • California Department of Education Announces New Online System for Administering Nutrition Programs • Nutrition Call-In Day Extended! • The Next Generation of Nutrition Advocates



Nutrition Action Alert (9/3/08) • Special "End" of Session Update • Nutrition Call-in Day: Tuesday, September 9th! • New CFPA Report: Recess from the Recession: How School Meals Can Do More to Help Struggling Families • Save the Date: 10th Annual Food Stamp Forum, February 12, 2008


August 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (8/12/08)  • Special Senate Floor Alert •  Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization: Updates from USDA's Western Region Listening Session • COLAs for Food Stamps Fall Short of the Rise in Food Prices • New CFPA Study of Child Care Nutrition in LA County • CFPA Releases Study on the Nutritional Quality of Federal Commodities in School Meals • GAO Study on Targeting Certain Foods through the Food Stamp Program



July 2008


Nutrition Update (7/25/08) • Governor Signs AB 97 to Ban Trans Fats in Restaurants and Baked Goods • CFPA Testifies before House Ag Committee in DC


Nutrition Action Alert (7/10/08) • House Education Committee Hearing on the Impact of Rising Food Prices on Child Nutrition Programs • Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization: Opportunities, Survey Results, and More • LA School District's Motion on Physical Education • Changes at CFPA


June 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (6/10/08) • State Senate to Hear Nutrition Bills: Letters Needed! • Help Get Nutrition Funding in Second Federal Economic Stimulus Package • Updated Farm Bill Resources • Budget Action and Localized Budget Resources • Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization • WIC Food Package FAQs • Changes at CFPA


May 2008


Nutrition Legislation Update (5/29/08) • Much Progress (and One Defeat) for CFPA-Sponsored Bills • Budget Update • SJ Mercury News Editorial Pushes Food Stamp Legislation • Brief Farm Bill Update • Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Listening Sessions at USDA Office in SF • Last Chance!  Child Nutrition Reauthorization Survey Closes on Monday, June 2 • New Resource: California Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard by County


Special Budget Alert (5/15/08) • Nutrition Impact of the Governor's May Revision • Governor Releases Revised Budget • Congress Passes the Farm Bill! • Child Nutrition Reauthorization Survey


Nutrition Action Alert (5/12/08) • A FINAL Farm Bill? • Hunger Action Day Recap • Nutrition Bills Need Help out of Appropriations • Hearing on Rising Food Costs • News and Notes • Child Nutrition Reauthorization Survey • Stay Tuned: Special May Revise Alert



April 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (4/4/08) • Rising Food Prices and the Need for Strong Nutrition Policy • School Nutrition Bills Out of Assembly Education Committee! • Letters Needed for Food Stamp Bills • Food Stamp Cuts Being Heard in Budget Sub-Committee: 4/16 • Hunger Action Day Updates and Info • Farm Bill 2007, 2008, Ever?



March 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (3/7/08) • Help Move Our 2008 Legislative Agenda • CFPA Testifies in Sacramento and DC • Progress on a Controversial Issue: Stigma Sandwiches • Nominees for 2008 Hunger Champions • County Profiles in Action • Save the Date: Hunger Action Day, May 7, 2008


February 2008


Nutrition Action Alert (2/14/08) • Farm Bill: Action Needed! • Food Stamp Forum Wrap-Up • Budget Update • Updated County Profiles • New CFPA Report on County Food Stamp Performance • Obesity Hearing in Sacramento


January 2008


Nutrition Action Alert - Special Budget Edition (1/10/08) • 2008 Budget Overview • Nutritional Analysis of the Governor’s Budget • Farm Bill Update • Simplified Summer Food Update • USDA Encourages Schools to Start Meeting the Dietary Guidelines • Food Stamp Forum

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